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U.S. Visa Applications

The U.S. is a diverse place for travels and business. Every years millions of people apply for U.S. visas and their applications are denied. The following are some reasons why visa requests may be denied:

1. Being unprepared
There is a lot of information on the visa process and interview on the internet. Government sites are also reliable resources that contain information to assist you every step of the way. It is a good idea to do your due diligence and prepare for the visa process. 

2. Applying for the incorrect visa
Visa eligibility and requirements may differ. Double-check that you are applying for the proper visa. Make certain that you can fulfill the requirements and meet the conditions for that particular visa. Don’t make pre-assumptions on your eligibility for a certain visa just because you fit the criteria for another visa. Standards may differ for different visas.

3. Providing incorrect or insufficient information
Completing all forms accurately and being fully prepared with all requirements, documentation, and forms of verification can help speed up the process. Having inaccurate information can lead to visa denials or prolonged and redundant processing. Small errors may also lead to delays in obtaining your visa.

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4. Being overly confident during the interview
Being too assertive during the visa process or during the interview can make you appear presumptuous.

5. Giving too much information
You will be asked a wide array of questions during the visa application process. Your responses should be well-thought-out, but keep them concise and simple. You don’t need to divulge irrelevant details that don’t pertain directly to the inquiry, nor should you voluntarily give up information that isn’t requested. This can actually lead to more questions or raise red flags and suspicions that would have otherwise not arisen.

6. Being disrespectful to the interviewer
Even if the interview seems tedious or tiresome, you should respect the process. You can do this by expressing courtesy toward the interviewer and submitting to the authority they represent. It may also help to maintain a good appearance during the visa process, especially the interview stage.

7. Ineffective communication
Sometimes the language barrier, accents, or body language may leave you confused. Don’t hesitate to ask the interviewer for an interpreter or to repeat, explain, or slow down. Effective communication can help avoid potentially significant misunderstandings and misinterpretations.

8. Other grounds of inadmissibility (e.g. past records, health reasons, non authentic documentation etc.)

According to U.S. State Department data the countries with the highest refusal rates for U.S. (business and tourist) visas include:

U.S. Department of State & Forbes

81.9%of all Cuban applications were denied in fiscal year 2016. Afghanistan was second only to Cuba with its refusal rate 73.8%. High rates of refusal were also seen in countries across Africa (Mauritania and Liberia more than 70%).

*The following is for general information only. None of these materials is offered, nor should any of it be construed, as legal advice.

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41 Comments

  1. July 17, 2017    

    Wow it is crazy to see how how high the rejection rate is in countries like Cuba. It is useful to know that you have to be well prepared when it comes to filing for a visa! x

  2. victoria victoria
    July 17, 2017    

    thank you for informing us about how careful we have to be before asking.

  3. Sue Tanya McHorgh Sue Tanya McHorgh
    July 17, 2017    

    This is a very interesting topic. A LOT of people have experienced this and may not know why. I think this post will help them to understand what they may have done wrong before trying again.

  4. July 17, 2017    

    I don’t have any plan to apply for a US visa but this will certainly be useful for anyone who will. True that i have heard visa application for the US are super strict. Especially when it’s a work visa. xx corinne

  5. July 17, 2017    

    I had no idea how high the rejection rate was in so many of these countries. It’s rather eye opening.

  6. Chevelle Chevelle
    July 17, 2017    

    That is interesting about Cuba. I had no idea

  7. July 17, 2017    

    Wow, no wonder it often takes so long and there are so many bumps along the road that delay things. Great info!

  8. July 17, 2017    

    This information you provided is more important than ever. I hope it’s widely distributed!

  9. Julie Syl Julie Syl
    July 17, 2017    

    This is really useful, I’m a newbie when it comes to US Visa and I’m glad that you shared this tips and ideas.

  10. July 18, 2017    

    Thanks this post is surely gonna save me whenever i will apply for visa. The tactics are cunning

  11. July 18, 2017    

    I am wondering why the rejection rates are so high for cuba. Any specific reason amongst the ones you have mentioned?

  12. Kelly Reci Kelly Reci
    July 18, 2017    

    your post is an eye opener. I have some friends who were always denied after the interview. This is a very helpful tip. Thank you for sharing it

  13. July 18, 2017    

    Coming without appropriate documents will do it! I always check online first, I’d rather have too much than too little!

  14. July 18, 2017    

    It can be very stressful to apply for a visa in the US, takes a long time but I believe it’s a good process!

  15. July 18, 2017    

    We found applying for a Chinese visa tedious, but the US visa process sounds much more convoluted. These all sound like great tips. I am really surprised about the high refusal rates in Cuba, but I suppose it shouldn’t be so surprising.

  16. July 18, 2017    

    I’m a US citizen so I don’t have to worry about that but I do travel a lot and need visas for other countires. This can be applied for other countries as well.

  17. lex lex
    July 18, 2017    

    4, 5, 6 makes the list for me, others can be at the moderate side and can be fixed but you know the pressure that comes with other are kinda enormous making it a no no.

  18. July 18, 2017    

    The list of top countries for denial is extremely useful. I wouldn’t have even guess a couple on that list.

  19. Tiara Wilson Tiara Wilson
    July 18, 2017    

    These are some absolutely crazy reasons to be denied but helps one to know why they were, if they are.

  20. July 18, 2017    

    Good tips but it’s a shame that being overconfident or giving too much info is seen as a reason for rejection these days.

  21. July 18, 2017    

    Yes! This process is very complex and tedious and expensive.

  22. July 18, 2017    

    Good points! You’ve shared very useful and helpful information!

  23. July 18, 2017    

    I’ve heard the stories of people being turned down for Visas for just the smallest infractions. Thank goodness when I applied for mine, I had no issues!

  24. July 18, 2017    

    Well researched !! This was very helpful especially for someone like me, who is new to this and was completely clueless. Thanks for the amazing post 🙂

  25. Joanna Joanna
    July 19, 2017    

    Even if in the EU, my home country is one of the countries in which getting the US visa is very hard and it can be refused just because the interviewer doesn’t like your face. They never tell you why your visa has been refused and because of that I don’t even bother to apply. There are more beautiful countries out there where I don’t need a visa at all that are happy to welcome me as a tourist.

    • Lise Lise
      August 2, 2017    

      Agreed 1000%. Sometimes, I’ve heard, it depends on the ‘interviewer’s mood’ on the day. Insane.

  26. July 19, 2017    

    This sound like a job interview! Oh my, I might need to apply for one if I’m to go work in LA, so thanks for the headsup! I will take note of all these!

  27. July 19, 2017    

    Thank you for sharing these general information. I actually have a very close friend planning to apply for a US Visa with her family. Will share this post to her.

  28. July 19, 2017    

    Applying for a visa for any country is stressful. When I applied for my UK visa in college, it took 4 months to hear back and it was such a painstaking process!

  29. July 19, 2017    

    This is an interesting read. I have myself seen my family members visa being rejected because of being over confident and giving out too much information. I hope people read out this post and rules correctly for applying for the visas

  30. Sam Sam
    July 19, 2017    

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I will definitely follow these tips whenever I need to apply for visa.

  31. July 19, 2017    

    At the age of 18 I became a US citizen… I remember how dang nervous I was during the whole process! great tips to help those make a smoother transition in the application process ; )

  32. July 19, 2017    

    Much interested topic or hot topic for any Indian especially. Certainly these tips are helpful to get visa. By the way H1B visa for India have affected fosome organization but not for the tourists (i guess).
    But, it is crazy to see how how high the rejection rate is in some of these countries. I’ll take care of these things.

  33. July 20, 2017    

    Very informative post on those who apply for U.S. Visa. Will pass on this to my friends who are applying for U.S. visa.

  34. July 20, 2017    

    Thank you for sharing this post. It was very informative about how to get the visa, because it is always very stressful procedure.

  35. July 20, 2017    

    Gettingvvisa for any county is not easy these days due to many terrorist problem. I found this is great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  36. July 21, 2017    

    Thank you for all the information you provided in this post. I am glad I came across your blog. I have friends from other countries who really want to visit the United States as tourists but have been denied visas. I will share this post with them. Thank you.

  37. July 22, 2017    

    Very useful tips indeed. One thing we noticed locally as well, us visa applications also get approved faster when you already travelled and returned from another country or if you were previously given a visa before.

  38. July 31, 2017    

    Very useful post, but I am always amazed how the land of the free is actually always the most restricted country in many many ways.

    Tadeja
    http://www.happynami.com

  39. August 6, 2017    

    Very helpful. Thank you for sharing

  40. August 8, 2017    

    So much great information here. I bet it will help lots of people who want to visit the US, and I hope they will feel welcome when they do.

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